ABOUT THE SWIM
I was accompanied by a relay team on the double crossing, along with Captain Craig Lewis and a crew on his boat ” The Might Fine”. Relay team swimmers were Paula Yankauskas, Cara Hancy and Jennifer Kimmick.
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FACTS ABOUT LAKE CHAMPLAIN
Average Volume of Water: 6.8 quadrillion gallons ( 25.8 trillion cubic meters)
Amount of Shoreline: 587 miles ( 945 kilometers) of shoreline
HISTORY OF THE LAKE
In 1909 65,000 people celebrated the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the lake, attendees included President William Howard Taft
In 1929 the then Governor of New York Franklin Roosevelt & Vermont governor John Weeks dedicated the first bridge to span the lake, this bridge lasted until 2010
In colonial times, Lake Champlain provided an easily traversed water, there were forts at Ticonderoga and Crown Point, during the summer of 1776 there was a frantic ship building race between the British at the north end of the lake and the Americans at the south end, they fought a significant naval battle on October 11th, the Battle of Valcour Island , it was a tactical defeat for the Americans.
- In 1812 the Battle of Lake Champlain was fought on September 11th, 1814, this ended the final British Invasion of the Northern States during the war of 1812. The American victory denied the English any leverage to demand exclusive control over the Great Lakes or territorial gains against the New England States.Three US Naval Ships have been named after this battle.
LAKE CHAMPLAIN TODAY….
It is a popular lake for many activities appealing to local s and tourists alike, including fishing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, kite boarding, wake boarding, swimming and hanging out and enjoying the beaches. There are ferry crossings and dinner cruises and for me swimming….